Catalina is a development economist whose work draws upon the models and tools from behavioral, experimental and labor economics. She joined the Department of Economics and FAIR at NHH in August, 2019. The overarching theme of her research is understanding individuals' decision making in real-life settings and studying the effects of providing interventions that can help people make more informed decisions. Her two main lines of research focus on education and gender in developing and developed countries, and economic decision making in developing countries.
Catalina holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan, partially sponsored by a Fulbright fellowship. She spent her Fulbright home residency at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. Before the PhD, Catalina worked at the central bank and the National Planning Department, both in Colombia, and at the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.